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Rebecca Stirrup

Diploma of Homeopathy graduate

Rebecca StirrupA determination to give disadvantaged communities access to natural therapies has seen College of Natural Health and Homeopathy graduate Rebecca Stirrup make a significant philanthropic contribution in Auckland and throughout Africa.

After managing her own homeopathy clinics in Auckland for 15 years Rebecca took the bold decision to use her expertise to give back to communities which desperately needed healthcare support.

“I had wanted to volunteer for a long time and had a special interest in Africa. When an opportunity came up to support renowned homeopath Jeremy Sherr with the ‘Homeopathy for Health in Africa’ project he was running in Tanzania, I jumped at it and found it one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” said Rebecca.

Rebecca spent three and a half months in Tanzania providing homeopathic treatments to the local community to treat a wide variety of illnesses, many of which are side effects of HIV – including flu, cuts and tuberculosis.

“It was so gratifying to see the impacts homeopathic treatments had on these communities, and how well the remedies complemented conventional treatments of AIDS and HIV. I loved becoming entrenched in a community and using my skills to make a contribution,” said Rebecca.

Following this trip Rebecca was invited by Kenya homeopathy college 4Kenia to share her knowledge of homeopathy.

Rebecca is also planning a trip to Malawi in East Africa, where she will work in a remote village to train a group of locals to become proficient in using homeopathy to perform basic first aid in their communities.

“This is such an exciting project to work on as our help will empower these communities to become less reliant on volunteers to provide them with aid,” said Rebecca.

Rebecca also works with charities in South Auckland to provide homeopathic services to people from disadvantaged communities.

Rebecca’s work with Jeremy Sherr also opened up a door for her to edit two of his renowned texts Helium and Neon.

“Working with Jeremy on his books allowed me to use my skills in a completely different way. It is the type of opportunity I never envisioned would be a reality when I started my homeopathy studies. It has been a very exciting and rewarding career.”

Lee-Anne McCall


Lee-Anne McCallI graduated from the College with a Diploma of Homeopathy in 2008. I’m absolutely passionate about homeopathy and natural healthcare. I believe that with homeopathy we have an amazing opportunity to heal in an extremely effective manner as our remedies have the ability to heal wounds from generations past as well as current stressors.

I have seen the homeopathic remedies help shift people to greater health on the physical, emotional and mental levels and, in addition, people notice a positive change in their consciousness.

During my studies at the College, I took the opportunity to take as many cases as possible. Indeed I am profoundly grateful for the support and mentorship I received throughout my training. Each week my supervisor would receive newly written up cases so that my prescription could be checked. By being determined to see as many people as I possibly could, I graduated with a wee bit of confidence that I could jump into full-time practice. I would encourage every student to do this. Please make use of the wonderful mentorship you will get during your studies.

Two months after graduating in February 2009, I opened up a small retail store that housed a homeopathic dispensary and also contained two clinic rooms from where I started to practice. I am still in the same premises where I now employ a full-time naturopath and also another homeopath part-time. Going into full-time practice straight away was not without its challenges but, because my clinic is very busy and I see so many clients each week, I am constantly evolving as a homeopath. I want to encourage any students reading this to know that you will attract the clients that can benefit from your skills no matter what stage you are at. As you know more, your cases will become more complex. Do not let being a new graduate hold you back from unleashing your skills upon the world as each one of us has so much to give to our communities and can make such a positive impact.

I was very blessed to be asked to teach at our Auckland campus 2 years ago and must say it is the highlight of my month! I love encouraging the students onwards and am constantly squirreling away the knowledge I am learning daily to pass on to the students each time I see them. I, myself, am still learning having just graduated in CEASE therapy and this is what I love as a homeopath. I may become very, very good but I may never master this art and science as it is constantly evolving. I wish all new students the best of luck in their studies and endeavours and want to affirm to them the immeasurable good that you will do for your clients and community in becoming a homeopathic practitioner.

Much love xx

Vicki Mathison

BA Psych, DipHom(Animal Health)

Vicki MathisonI first discovered Homeopathy through Mary Glaisyer performing what seemed to me to be inexplicable miracles, on my animals. Mary encouraged me to apply for the BOP College Animal Homeopathy course in 2004.

My background before throwing myself into this new way of viewing the world, was Teaching, Visual Arts, Sculpture, Journalism, Vet Nursing and Psychology- plus a passion for horses spanning 43 years.

It seemed, at 53 years old, a daunting change of direction but I have found that Homeopathy encompasses all of my passions in one modality. At last I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up!

I was lucky enough in my first two years of study to have a large group of willing horse and dog owners who allowed me to treat acute non-serious conditions during my training. This made the transition from student to practitioner much less alarming. However there were many times when faced with complex and serious problems, that I was looking behind me frantically searching for the expert!

When I graduated in 2007, I decided to throw caution to the wind, give up my part time employment and become a full time Homeopath. This I have been doing for the past 6 years.

My practice is comprised of about 2/3 animal clients and 1/3 human. When the owners of my clients saw how Homeopathy worked for their animals, many of them were inspired to try it for themselves. I love treating both ends of the lead rope as so often the animal is reacting to the internal turmoil of its owner.

In 2009, I was asked to illustrate several cases presented in Interhomeopathy – this led to submitting a few of my own cases with illustrations. The following year Narayana Publishers requested I write and illustrate a book on Homeopathic Materia Medica for Animals – translated into English, German and French. Subsequently I have just completed a human version with around 500 illustrations – phew! The next project is an illustrated book on therapeutics for horses.

Earlier this year Narayana invited me to speak at the Homeopathic Veterinary congress in Germany – this plunged me into a state of pure terror! Unfortunately I was unable to travel to Germany at that time but there is a chance of this happening around 2016.

I have been so incredibly fortunate with the excellent training provided by BOP College of Homeopathy, the generosity of colleagues and friends and the opportunities that have come my way.

What could be more wonderful than driving through the countryside on route to a consult with yet another beautiful horse ; knowing that we have such an amazing treatment to offer – one that acknowledges the animal’s emotional life, psychological state, view of the world and past experiences… along side its physical problems.

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